10 Cloverfield Lane [2016] ★★★


I never thought I’d be reviewing a sequel to J.J Abrams’ 2008 surprise monster hit “Cloverfield”, but here we are. “10 Cloverfield Lane”, this time directed by Dan Trachtenberg has literally come out of nowhere. It was only back in January that the studio released a mysterious trailer announcing the movie. The reason? To keep us in the dark as much as possible. And boy does it work. To avoid spoilers, I’ll only say this: Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a woman who finds herself held in a shelter following a car crash. The man in charge? A crazy John Goodman who claims the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. But is it? My lips are sealed. All I can say is that Goodman is an actor who means business, and in “10 Cloverfield Lane” he gives himself completely to a complex role that leaves you shattered. And Winstead’s quietly implosive performance will keep you on the edge of your seat as she searches for answers. That’s all I’m going to say about this movie, the better to let you get lost in its palpable atmosphere and enveloping mystery. Director Trachtenberg doesn’t always get it right, but his film is unique and unforgettable. I highly recommend it.

Rating: 3/4

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